A California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation

WHPA Dissolution Communication Memo

October 4, 2019

It is with sincere sadness that we inform you that Western HVAC Performance Alliance Inc (WHPA) will be closing permanently by the end of November 2019. After careful deliberation, WHPA’s Board of Directors authorized the dissolution of the organization largely due to the inability to secure sustainable funding as a nonprofit 501(c)3 public benefit charity. It is our upmost priority to inform you about this decision as one of our most regarded members/industry stakeholders.

For the past ten years WHPA’s broad-based member organizations and their appointed representatives have worked collaboratively to forge tangible energy savings in the residential and small commercial HVACR sectors in California and throughout the nation. We are extremely proud of all that we have accomplished together as a guiding light in meeting many concerns of the HVACR community at large and could not be more thankful to those who have believed in WHPA and invested their time and resources throughout the years. Unfortunately, per the dissolution process, all future stakeholder engagement events including the annual in-person meetings have been cancelled, however, we encourage you to continue to collaborate outside of WHPA as a collective HVACR industry to further move the needle toward marketplace improvement through research and education focused on energy efficiency, environmental quality, and sustainability.

Over the next two months, the WHPA Dissolution Transition Team* will implement our dissolution plan. To preserve WHPA’s rich research legacy and pay homage to the time and resource investment of those who contributed to past WHPA work products, this team will investigate options to transfer WHPA’s research library to a 501(c)3 organization with similar goals and objectives. To better inform those carrying forward WHPA’s efforts, please complete the very short survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/THVCBD2 to share your thoughts on this dissolution decision and on the level of need for a neutral voice for the HVACR industry in the future. Once again WHPA’s Board, Staff and Dissolution Transition Team thank you for your support over the past years. We are encouraged that WHPA’s legacy will live on in some manner in the future. For more information, please contact Elsia Galawish at galawish@whpa-inc.org or 415-342-8907.


 Elsia Galawish  Wendy Worrell  Joe Schmutzler
 WHPA Executive Director  WHPA Assistant Director  WHPA Board Chair


Welcome to Western HVAC Performance Alliance Inc.

"Transforming the HVACR Market Place for Consumer Benefit"

Western HVAC Performance Alliance Inc. (WHPA), a California Public Benefit Nonprofit Corporation operating as a tax exempt 501(c)3 public charity, is a neutral voice for the HVACR industry providing, conducting and promoting research and education focused on energy efficiency, environmental quality, and sustainability. Drawing funds from a broad base of income sources to accomplish its goals, WHPA works as a guiding light for its stakeholders and the community at large by educating and facilitating communication and action among a wide set of market actors to inform present and future HVACR energy efficiency initiatives, regulatory and legislative policies through workforce education & training, emerging technologies, and industry-vetted HVACR strategies and programs.

Our organization was initially founded in 2009 as the unincorporated entity known as the Western HVAC Performance Alliance in response to the portion of the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (CEESP) that reads: ""An HVAC Advisory Group should be chartered to involve high-level HVAC industry stakeholders—such as manufacturers, distributors, and contractors—to coordinate industry sponsorship of and participation in HVAC strategies. Membership should also include other key players, such as the CPUC, Energy Commission, utilities, building owners/managers, consumers, and the Federal government."



For more information, please email us atgalawish@whpa-inc.org.